“Voices of Afghanistan has been a revelation to discover. The sheer level of talent these musicians exhibit is breathtaking. What’s more, their diverse creations make clear Afghanistan’s deep historical connections to traditions in Persia, India, and other parts of Central Asia. At the same time, as you listen to this music, you come to appreciate the enchantingly distinctive qualities of Afghan music. No other group or recording I have encountered so well expresses the deep history and culture of this beautiful, embattled country. Ustad Farida Mahwash is a treasure with a voice that has the power to stop time, and transport the listener thorough imagination. And Homayoun Sakhi is one of those rare individuals who both masters the ancient tradition of his unusual and little-understood instrument, and also pushes its boundaries to make it universal. Tragic events have brought these great musicians to America, but we are lucky to have them among us, and to have their art so majestically preserved as on this recording.”
—Banning Eyre NPRAll Things Considered
“The passionate mixing of sensual and sacred was uncontainable…these gifted artists left us cheering for the art that endures devastation.” —Opera News/SF Magazine
Ustad Farida Mahwash’s “beautifully expressive voice retains remarkable range, flexibility, and soul-searing intensity. And her spirit continues to soar” —The New York Times
A conversation with Homayoun Sakh
Not many people associate “peace” with Afghanistan. Usually, thoughts of war and chaos come to mind. However, Homayoun Sakhi, a California-based musician, thinks differently.